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Kaspars Checks In

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11:57 12th February 2013

Defender arrives on loan

Wolves have completed the signing of defender Kaspars Gorkss from Reading on an initial 93-day emergency loan.

The 31-year-old Latvian international becomes boss Dean Saunders’ first senior signing at Molineux after completing a medical last night.

“I am delighted we have brought Kaspars in,” said Saunders.

“He has been with teams who have been promoted from the Championship over the last two years and is 31 which is a good age for a central defender.

“I think he can help take us where we want to go.

“He is strong, brave and no-nonsense who will put his head in which is what we need.

“He also has a good character and is a winner, and that can only help the group.

“He is an experienced player who has played in the Premier League this season and also played for his country last Wednesday night.

“This is a start for me of what I am trying to build here.”

Reading do have a 24-hour recall clause on the loan after the first 28 days but the loan is also with a view to a possible permanent transfer at the end of the season.

Gorkss, 31, who stands at 6ft 3in, has made over 200 appearances in England since first arriving at Blackpool in 2007.

Prior to that the defender  started his career in his homeland with FK Auda, before beginning to make his name elsewhere in Europe with an impressive three year spell in Sweden. 

He returned to Latvia in 2006 to join one of the country's biggest clubs, Ventspils, whom he also led to a league title and qualification for the UEFA Cup. 

Resulting clashes with Newcastle United helped attract attention from a number of English clubs, and the centre half eventually signed for Blackpool where he was a regular in the side.

He then moved to QPR in August 2008, and in three years at Loftus Road chalked up 124 appearances, scoring six goals, helping the R’s to the Championship title in the 2010/11 campaign.

Gorkss then moved to Reading, and made 42 appearances last season when the Royals won promotion.

To date this season he has made 16 appearances and scored three goals for Reading, but has found first team opportunities limited in recent weeks.

He has picked up 45 caps at senior level for Latvia, many of them as captain, and has scored five goals.

During the 2010/11 season Gorkss went through a period of 638 minutes without conceding a goal for club and country.

 

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